Joseph Megel – Faculty Diversity Award
Artist in Residence, Teaching Professor in Performance Studies
Director, UNC’s Process Series
Joseph Megel is Artist in Residence and Teaching Professor in Performance Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill where, for the past 12 years, he has run the Process Series: New Works in Development. He is currently Artistic Director of StreetSigns Center for Literature and Performance. His directorial work in the theatre and his teaching at UNC primarily focus on new performance as a vehicle for social justice.
His recent credits include: Orange Light by Howard L. Craft at BullDog Theater, Durham (the dramatized story of the chicken plant fire in Hamlet, NC); Temples of Lung and Air, written and performed by Kane Smego at PlayMakers Repertory Company and Detroit Public Theatre (examining identity, hip-hop, and whiteness), The Talk, written and performed by Sonny Kelly at Bulldog Theater Ensemble in Durham and at Historic Playmakers in Chapel Hill (about the talks a black father must have with his child to keep them safe).
Additional recent credits include Dean Gray’s The Pattern at Pendarvis for New Dog Theatre Company/StreetSigns at HERE Arts Center in NYC; Mike Wiley’s adaptation of Tim Tyson’s book, Blood Done Sign My Name, at Raleigh Little Theatre; Christine Evans’s Closer Than They Appear for StreetSigns; Howard Craft’s The Miraculous and The Mundane or Manbites Dog Theater, and Howard Craft’s Freight: The Five Incarnations of Abel Green for StreetSigns. Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway credits include: Craft’s Freight The Five Incarnations of Abel Green for the New Federal Theater at The Castillo Theater (Off-Broadway) and also for StreetSigns (NY Times Critics Pick); The Working Project for Working Theater (Off-Broadway); and Guillermo Reyes’s Men on the Verge of a His-panic Breakdown (Off-Broadway | Outer Circle Critics Award). He directed the same play in Los Angeles (Ovation Award) and elsewhere.
Joseph was a distinguished Visiting Artist at ASU’s Piper Center for Creative Writing and has taught at Emory, UNLV and Fairleigh Dickinson University. At UNC, Megel serves as the Chair on the Provost’s Committee for LGBTQ Life, is an artistic associate for Teatro Latina/o Series and a member of the Department of Communication’s Diversity Committee.